October 24th, 2020

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So, here's the story. Someone ends her replies on Stack Overflow with the phrase "Hope this helps". It gets edited out by an admin. She puts it back. It gets edited out again. She insists. The admin deletes the phrase, and her answer gets locked.

Now they are discussing how StackOverflow is horrible, and unwelcoming and dehumanizing.

Would I ever put a "hope this helps" in the end of a reply? Of course not! It's so obviously superfluous. Like someone said, if you didn't hope that helps, why the hell did you write it in the first place? But apparently for someone, the lack of the "hope this helps" is insufficiently polite and unwelcoming.

(C)opied from Twitter

A sign, probably of the don't hurt me variety, although who knows, maybe its owners are so pumped up about its gender breakdown and beliefs that they felt they just had to parade them, on a shop (hairdressers?) in Seattle:

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From an article Douglas Murray wrote for, begging your pardon, the New York Post, which has become an especially dirty word lately. It's probably the first article from the Post that I've ever seen; but I keep reminding myself to read the one about Hunter.

Anyway, here goes Murray:

The world owes the United States a great debt. From security and trade to technology and culture, the world has so much to thank America for. But one American export we don’t all appreciate are your culture wars.

I was born in Britain, and as I write, my own country keeps getting roiled by culture wars imported from yours.

Three years ago, when the United States had its MeToo moment, it flooded straight across to Britain. It took down, among others, a UK defense minister who 15 years earlier had put his hand on a female journalist’s knee. It was a very British sex scandal, for it involved no sex. But it had all the fury and certainty of America’s sexual counterrevolution.

This week, when a Democratic senator started pretending that the term “sexual preference” is a homophobic slur, the legacy gay press in Britain ran with the same crock claim. Within hours, a term everyone in Britain — including gay people — politely used until yesterday had become a “hate term.”

And, of course, thanks to Black Lives Matter, a very American race-debate has been transplanted wholesale into the UK.

Four years ago, I watched the first major BLM protest in Britain. Echoing the false claims about what had happened in Ferguson, Mo., these protesters marched along London’s Oxford Street with their hands in the air chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Along the route, the protesters were escorted and kept safe by unarmed British police officers, who couldn’t have shot the protesters if they had wanted to.

But the radicals who are trying to impose America’s race wars onto British society keep getting their way.

[... skipping several paragraphs of boring piffle about monuments ...]

Ours is a culture war that is now continuously echoing and imitating the culture wars ripping through your great country. I love the United States, as do most of my fellow countrymen. But, oh boy, do we wish you would keep this stuff to yourselves.

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BBC: Children's charity Plan UK and the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine have called for the dangers of porn to be taught in schools.

I misread this, and wondered for a second whether someone is suggesting teaching porn in schools while others are pointing out the dangers of this idea.